This month, pupils have been learning about the amazing lives and work of famous black men and women such as Solomon Northup, Bob Marley, Michelle Obama and Rosa Parks as part of our Black History Month celebrations.
Lessons took place across a range of subjects such as art, history, English and PSHE with the Year 10 tutor group organising two whole school assemblies. They invited special guest Joey Laird, who is currently studying music technology, to answer questions on what Black History Month means to him as a young mixed-race teenager living in the UK today.
Joey spoke about the need for empathy so that people of all races and cultures can learn to understand each other better. Also, his respect for musicians throughout history who have helped black people to connect with each other and used music to bring important issues to the forefront of people’s minds.
The second assembly included a presentation from Sixth Form pupil Justin Dollar, who spoke with great knowledge about Malcolm X and the part he played in the civil rights movement in the United States.
Louisa Allison-Bergin, Head of School, comments “Our pupils were really interested to hear Joey’s thoughts and ideas about race and how easy it is for people to jump to the wrong conclusions if they let unconscious bias go unchecked. It was also great to hear from Justin, who is an LVS Oxford Sixth Form pupil, talking with such passion about Malcolm X, an African American who was hugely influential during the civil rights movement. By getting our tutor groups involved in the planning and delivery of our assemblies through their PSHE lessons, we are encouraging them to develop their communication skills and work together to convey important messages about a range of topics that matter to young people living in Britain today.”